|Forum topic by NovaNewbie||posted 06-21-2011 11:27 PM||3044 views||0 times favorited||5 replies|
06-21-2011 11:27 PM
First of all, let me say I’ve been a reader for a while, and now I”m ready to post! Great stuff here. Ok, now to my questions.
I am about as amateur as you get when it comes to woodworking. About a year ago I bought a 48” round pedestal solid oak table off of Craigslist with a leaf. And now I’m working on refinishing it since I wanted to get away from the traditional honey oak look and make it a little more modern by darkening it. So it’s been stripped, sanded and ready to go. I am using the bottom side of the leaf as my test piece and I initially tried SW Brazilnut stain and was not impressed with the color or lack of. So I found the iron buff method, and tried that out. At first I was quite impressed with my small swatch I did. I then used a large piece and saw that each plank reacted differently. Of course I understand this because this is a chemical reaction and each plank has it’s own chemical make-up. So I got discouraged and tried the india ink on another section. Definitely black and consistent, but I originally wasn’t going for black. So now my questions…
1. Is there any way to make the iron buff more consistent from board to board?
2. Does anyone have examples of a finished piece with the natural inconsistencies of the ebonizing process. I saw a picture of a floor which was inconsistent as all get-out, and to my surprise, I really like it. I don’t think it’s oak, but here’s the link.
Thanks again. Looking forward to your feedback.